18 year old Naman Tiwari has taken 10 wickets in the Under-19 World Cup.
Team India’s pacer Naman Tiwari, who reached the final of the Under-19 World Cup, said that Jasprit Bumrah’s tips are helping him. Naman said, ‘I met Bumrah several times in NCA, from him I learned how to throw yorkers and control the ball.’
18 year old Naman will be seen playing in the final against Australia today. Along with Bumrah, he also considers Dale Steyn of South Africa and Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan as his inspiration.
Selected in Under-19 after taking 3 years time from father
Naman’s father Suryanath Tiwari is a LIC agent. Being a middle class parent, like others, he also laid more emphasis on his son’s education. Suryanath told ANI, ‘Naman started showing interest in cricket after the 2011 World Cup. It was then that he insisted on buying a bat and ball for the first time.
He is also good in studies but after the World Cup he insisted on joining the academy. He asked me for 3 years to prove myself. Since then I never stopped him and always supported him. In the same year, he made it to the Under-14 team and after a few years, he got selected in the Under-19 team also.
Naman Tiwari has taken 10 wickets in just 5 matches of the Under-19 World Cup.
‘Test cricket is the most challenging, this is my dream’
Naman said, ‘I want to bowl the fastest ball in the world. I also want to play the World Cup with the senior team but right now, my focus is on performance. I want to improve my game by continuously improving. There will be bigger challenges in the future and I will try to keep myself prepared for the same.
I like playing all formats, but Test cricket seems to be the most challenging. The real test of a bowler takes place in this format. I want to become a good Test cricketer in future.
I liked batting but when I got less opportunities, I started bowling.
Naman said, ‘I started playing as a batsman, I like batting. But I did not get many opportunities in the academy of Lucknow, so I started bowling again. I bat lefty, that’s why I started bowling with my left arm.
Naman Tiwari is a left arm pacer. He wants to bowl the fastest ball in the world.
Learned a lot from Bumrah, also likes Steyn, Starc and Akhtar
Naman said, ‘Bumrah is my inspiration. I keep watching his bowling videos, I met him several times at NCA and learned about the mindset and skills of the fast bowler. Bumrah gave tips about the yorker, which are useful to me today. I worked a lot on his tips, I have to work further to bring aggression in my game.
I try to learn something from every fast bowler. I learn by watching Bumrah’s videos. I also like Shoaib Akhtar’s speed, Dale Steyn’s swing and Mitchell Starc’s aggression.
Reached the final with team effort
Naman told PTI, ‘The performance of the players has been excellent so far. The team gave a very special performance in the semi-finals against South Africa. I am happy with my and the team’s performance and would like to maintain it in the finals as well.
India defeated South Africa in the semi-finals and made it to the final of the Under-19 World Cup.